TLC Cancels ’19 Kids And Counting’ Over Reported Child Sex Abuse

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Cable channel cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Duggar molestation disclosure.

It’s been 14 years since Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the Christian family immortalized in TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, admitted to molesting five girls; four were his younger sisters. Years ago, when we were asked to film our first one hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children, we felt that it was an opportunity to share with the world that children are a blessing and a gift from God.The show featuring the Duggar family had been in limbo since May after revelations that 27-year-old Josh Duggar molested five children including four of his sisters. TLC is not moving forward with an 11th season of “19 Kids” featuring the Duggars, whose show “will no longer appear on the air,” the network told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We spent the past month and a half in thoughtful consideration about what is the best way forward here,” said Marjorie Kaplan, group president of TLC, Animal Planet and Velocity networks In a move to redirect the attention and public outcry, TLC also announced it has teamed with two prominent child-protection organizations for an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. We are so pleased with the wonderful adults they have all become,” the statement said. “It is our prayer that the painful situation our family went through many years ago can point people toward faith in God and help others who also have lived through similar dark situations to find help, hope and healing, as well.” The news has brought renewed awareness to the problem of sexual abuse, and spurred a conversation about how to prevent molestation and help victims of abuse.

A Discovery spokesperson told CNN that the network is not ruling out a spin-off of the show however featuring some of the Duggar children, with Jill and Jessa seeming the most likely choices as they have both started families of their own. As in the Duggars’ situation, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well, according to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report.

Since 2008, the series — TLC’s most watched, averaging 3.2 million viewers — had chronicled the family life of Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their children, now numbering 19. The beginning of the end came in May of this year, when In Touch released a report from the Springdale police detailing then-14-year-old Josh Duggar’s sexual advances on his sisters. Over the last several years people have said to us, “We love your show!” We have always responded, “It’s not a show, it’s our lives!” Our desire in opening our home to the world is to share Bible principles that are the answers for life’s problems. Those documents revealed that Tontitown Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were at their home for 30 minutes in May after receiving a call that the reality TV family was barring an official from entering the premises.

Josh Duggar apologized for unspecified actions on a Facebook post and resigned from the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, where he had worked as a lobbyist. Audio of a 911 call on May 27, also obtained by InTouch, revealed a human services team had reason to believe there was a welfare emergency concerning one of the family’s 19 children at home in Washington County, Arkansas. Last October, TLC yanked its reality series about child beauty-pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family after the completion of filming an upcoming season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” While the network didn’t identify a reason for the cancellation, it came after published reports that the family matriarch, June Shannon, was dating a convicted child molester. TLC is in the midst of repositioning itself as “a brand with purpose,” said Kaplan, since 1997 an executive with parent Discovery Communications who took over TLC a year ago.

We have committed to Him that in all things — difficulties or success, good times or bad — we will purpose to bring Him honor by staying true to our faith and our family. Jill, who was 12 when the inappropriate touching took place, recalled feeling ‘sad’ and ‘shocked’ at the revelation Josh had violated her and her sister. He resigned immediately as activists angrily denounced him and his family as hypocrites for preaching family values while allegedly covering up past sexual abuse. The 22-year-old mother-to-be told the Fox News host: ‘I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. ‘I’m like, that is so overboard and a lie, really.

The young women said they had a choice to make, and they chose to forgive him, but it took some time for them to rebuild the trust – time that Josh Duggar spent away from the rest of the clan at the command of his parents. It was in early May that InTouch obtained and released the damning police report, leading to a statement almost immediately from Josh admitting to the claims made in the report. ‘Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.

I hurt others, including my family and close friends,’ Josh, 27, said in a statement. ‘I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.’ He was never charged with a crime for the incidents as by the time police learned of the offenses the statue of limitations had passed, and his parents did not notify authorities in an official capacity at any point after learning about their son’s actions. It is also interesting to note that when the family moved into their custom built home in 2006, communal rooms for the male members of the family and female members of the family were on exact opposite sides of the 7,000-square-foot dwelling. That parents who think molestation is simply “improper touching” don’t understand what it is, and that sisters who attribute their brother’s fondling to “puberty” and being “a little too curious” are still in a great deal of pain.

As a final precaution, the journey also requires a walk across an elevated catwalk that cuts through the family’s two-story living room, another chance for people in the house to keep an eye on who was spending time together. Meanwhile, it seems TLC has already found a replacement family for the Duggars, premiering their new reality series I Am Jazz on Wednesday night, just hours before they announced the cancellation.

Michelle Duggar had previously campaigned against transgender individuals and their rights by narrating a robocall to local voters in 2014 over a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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